Exhibition Objects

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Endscraper-burin  © 2000 Oxford University Museum of Natural History


Upper Palaeolithic dual purpose flint tool from Langwith Basset Cave, 12,500 years old

This flint blade from Langwith Basset Cave, Langwith, Derbyshire, is about 12,500 years old and has been used as both a scraper at the lower end, possibly for cleaning hide, and a burin on the top left corner for working bone and antler. The artefact was found by the Reverend E.H. Mullins during his excavation in the cave between 1903 and 1913.

Artefacts from the Upper Palaeolithic often combine more than one tool on the same piece of flint. This dual-purpose burin and scraper is from the Late Upper Palaeolithic and is likely to be Creswellian, a cultural phase at Creswell Crags dated to between 12,600 and 12,300 years ago.

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